Final conference

International Conference


Data/time: April 1, 2016 (Friday) / 9:00 – 17:00

Place: KTU Aula, A. Mickevičiaus g. 37, Kaunas

The conference MUNICIPAL INVOLVEMENT IN SUPPORTING VOLUNTEERISM took place at Kaunas University of Technology on April 1, 2016. The main target of the conference – to emphasize and to discuss how the expanding of volunteering initiatives could influence better services within municipalities.

The conference was organised in the frames of the project “V-Code: Volunteering – Code of Active Citizenship” funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, with the main target –  to raise awareness of volunteering. The partnership was formed by NGOs and Universities from 6 EU countries: Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, and United Kingdom. The conference was the final event of the project. 

Representatives of local authorities, community centres, voluntary organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and ministries participated at the conference as participants, panel speakers, workgroup moderators, and workgroup speakers to share their experiences and perspectives regarding the expanding of volunteering.

The conference MUNICIPAL INVOLVEMENT IN SUPPORTING VOLUNTEERISM is organised with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union and the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF).

Conference video record is published on YOUTUBE. Conference photos are on FACEBOOK. Conference presentations you will find below, in the agenda.





[ registration & coffee / 203 room ]




[ opening / Aula, 202 room ]


Welcome speeches & brief presentation of project results

Eglė Butkevičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the Kaunas University of Technology

Jurgita Šiugždinienė, Vice-Rector for Studies of the Kaunas University of Technology

V-CODE: Volunteering – Code of Active Citizenship 2015-2016

Jolanta Vaičiūnienė, Director of the Municipal Training Centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology




[ volunteering: EU & Lithuanian context ]

volunteering and local partnership promotion in Lithuania

Moderators: Thomas A. Bryer, Jolanta Vaičiūnienė


Volunteerism in Lithuania situation in the context of EU: from ideology to the facts

Audrius Šimkus, Ph.D., Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Management


Developing voluntary activities in Lithuania

Steponas Kulbauskas, Chief adviser of the Family and Communities Department of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania


Developing volunteerism while implementing community led local development

Gediminas Česonis, Deputy Director of the Regional Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania




[ volunteering: approaches & best practices ]

to present best working innovative EU and other cases: local authorities & volunteering

Moderators: Thomas A. Bryer, Jolanta Vaičiūnienė


Volunteering benefits for the municipalities: comparative global cases

Thomas A. Bryer, Ph.D., Director of Center for Public and Non-profit Management in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (United States of America)


Community/University relationships and the potential for volunteering

Prof. John Diamond, Director, Institute of Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P)
Edge Hill University (UK) and National Chair ARVAC (United Kingdom)


Social action in the UK: harnessing its potential

Morgane Donse, Policy advisor in the Social Action Team for the Office for Civil Society and Innovation at Cabinet Office (United Kingdom)


Cities of Service UK: backing UK cities to mobilise the talents and energy of volunteers to meet city wide challenges

Darin Halifax, Chief Service Officer for Plymouth City Council, leading the implementation of the Cities of Service programme (United Kingdom)


Volunteering experiences from European Capital of Culture, Riga 2014, and volunteering perspective in future

Ints Teterovskis, Volunteering Project Manager at the State Employment Agency (Latvia), Head of Volunteering for European Capital of Culture - Riga 2014




[ lunch / 203 room ]




[ workgroups ]

to exchange with best practices and to discuss how the expanding of volunteering initiatives could influence the better services within municipalities

[ 14:30-15:00 coffee break ]



WG1 – Aula (202 room)

What are the benefits of volunteerism for a municipality (city / district community)?

Moderator: Thomas A. Bryer

WG1 Speakers:

Thomas A. Bryer. What are the Benefits of Volunteerism for a Municipality?

(LV) Anita Birzniece. Volunteering – Myths and Broader Spectrum

(PL) Aleksandra Kulik. VolunteeriCITY

(IT) Patrizio Cuppari. Volunteering and its benefits for the cities     

Video record of WG1 >>>


WG2 – 213 room

What is essential for a successful partnership between the municipalities and NGOs, universities, and/or businesses?

Moderators: Audronė Alijošiutė, Maciej Mizeracki

WG2 Speakers:

(LV) Agnija Jansone. Different impact from partnerships with volunteering organizations: social, economical, organizational

(PL) Magdalena Pietrzyk. Three sectors = three opportunities for volunteers

(AT) Adele Wiman 


WG3 – 208 room

How should emergent technologies be used to enhance volunteerism and other forms of citizen participation?

Moderators: Jolita Sinkienė, Inesa Voroncuka, Romans Putans

WG3 Speakers:

(LT) Jolita Sinkienė. The concept and types of emerging technologies and their role in enhancement of volunteerism and citizen participation

(LV) Inesa Vorončuka, Romāns Putāns. Volunteering and its connection to social participation: case of Latvia

(LT) Ovidijus Jurkša. Volunteer Involvement and ICT: Cultural Heritage Protection Project in Kaunas Fort

(LT) Jonas Laniauskas. Use of ICT in the Implementation of Vilnius City Youth Policy

(IT) Pasquale Pugliese. Social network such as media

(PL) Mateusz Kielbinski. New volunteerism? Influence of new technologies on civic participation 


WG4 – 106 room

How can both formal and informal volunteering be leveraged to achieve impact in the community?

Moderators: Neringa Kurapkaitienė, Jaap Vriend

WG4 Speakers: 

(LT) Neringa Kurapkaitienė. Formal volunteering as own or foreign phenomenon

(NL) Jaap Vriend. Frames for volunteers

(LV) Ieva Ivaņinoka. Volunteering for marginalized social groups

(PL) Dariusz Wolanin. Inspiration – education – participation

(LT) Birutė Taraskevičiūtė. „A.C.Patria” experience in coordinating organised volunteering 


WG5 – 209 room

What should be the role of volunteers in addressing refugee/migrant issues, and how should refugees/migrants be included as volunteers?

Moderators: Goos Minderman, Domenico Muzzupappa

WG5 Speakers:

(IT) Domenico Muzzupappa. Today you are what we were yesterday

(LV) Laura Bulmane. Volunteering in integration of refugees

(LV) Reinis Grāvītis. “Shelter "Safe House"“ volunteering experience with and for asylum seekers, refugees and persons granted subsidiary protection status

(LT) Valentina Bereznaja-Demidenko, Edita Štuopytė. The role of the local community in the integration process of forced migrants

(LT) Akvilė Čeponienė. Volunteering with foreigners – the way to knowledge, understanding and mobilization of communities

(LT) Eglė Rušinskaitė. Volunteering – experience of Kaunas refugee day centre

(IT) Giovanni Marino. You are today than yesterday that we are 


WG6 – 113 room

Why do people volunteer, and how can we facilitate the volunteerism of those who do not volunteer?

Moderator: Dario Martinelli

WG6 Speakers: 

(IT/LT) Dario Martinelli. The double V-Code: Volunteering and Values

(SE) Stefan Einarsson. Why do people volunteer? The Swedish experience

(LT) Gintarė Edintaitė. Being volunteer! The space of student competencies and personality development

(PL) Agnieszka Wojnarska. Inspiration – education – participation

(LT) Almanė Pakrijauskaitė. „A.C. Patria” experience in coordinating volunteers

(IT) Laura Loiacono. Volunteering in Italy 



[ workgroups ] – conclusions (Aula, 202 room)

Moderators: Thomas A. Bryer, Jolanta Vaičiūnienė


conclusions - to present WGs’ results (recommendations)




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